"It changes your life in a second."
That was one of the many messages Broncos receiver Eric Decker had recently for students at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo., trying to make sense of the fatal shooting at their school in December.
Decker, a former Gopher, has been in their shoes with the 2003 shooting at Rocori High School in Cold Spring, Minn., and told them that in a Denver Post story as well as a video shown at a school assembly.
"We didn't know what to think," said Decker, who hid for 45 minutes after the 2003 shooting of two students at his Minnesota high school. "Every girl was crying, every guy was trying to stay calm, and when they came and got us, we had to go across the street to the elementary school with our hands up. You see snipers on the top of the buildings, it's just surreal. That moment, you'll never forget."